With smartphones prepping to compete with almost all genre of devices and Apple taking generation leaps with its touch and portable devices, media players could possibly get obsolete, unless it's something out of the box. Zebronics has been brave enough to come out with a handful of media players, catering to the low segment of the market. The Zebronics Zebmate Cinema 3.0+, the successor of the Cinema 3.0 has several upgrades to talk about, but as a whole, would it be able to hold its ground with intensifying competition? Let’s find out.
Design and Build quality
It looks almost similar to the Zebmate Cinema 3.0. The back is almost similarly glossy, but Zebronics has maintained the plain black and dull appearance on the front. Adding to the dullness is the display screen with three themes and a low-res screen. Although the design is similar to the Zebmate 3.0, what goes amiss is the absence of the three physical buttons embedded on the front side, which have been replaced by one transparent button as the screen gets the touch ability. It looks like a small block, due to the thick edges with no signs of sleekness. Nevertheless, the build quality is fine and the device is small enough to slip into one's denim pocket. The 3-inch dull touchscreen is embedded on the front, while the reset and microSD card slot are fixed on the left side, the USB slot and 3.5mm jack on the lower edge along with the lanyard slot. Disappointingly, there are no physical buttons to control the volume of the device. The built-in 4GB memory can be expanded upto 16GB via the microSD card slot.
Rear and Side view
The interface of the Cinema 3.0+ is simple and straightforward, but exhibits dull looks. The homescreen shows three icons with an upward arrow. Click on the arrow and the screen displays the rest of the icons. The touchscreen has been divided into sections, a strip on the upper side is forms three sections for type of play that lets you choose from play once, rotate once, sequence, random and rotate all, grading it and equalizer settings.
The Menu shows Music, eBook, Photo, Video, FM, Record, Resource, Setting, Light and Theme. The three themes can be changed by tapping on tthe icon, so to choose the third one, you will have to move through the other two by tapping twice. There is a white with theme that seemed almost redundant as the text isn’t clearly visible, while using it. The interface for music is simple, but no volume controls and touch volume not responding accurately seemed a little annoying. The Resource icon clearly shows you the internal memory and the microSD card memory that can be distinguished easily.
It supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, and AC3 music files. The music interface is simple and neat with the album art, digital beats, name of the song and album and the player bar. At the end of the screen is the home, settings, volume and back touch buttons. The equalizer options include Natural, Pop, Classic, Jazz, Rock, Dance, Soft, DBB, soft. On the video front, it can handle files such as MP4, DivX, XviD, MPEG4, WMV, or even MKV files. It also managed to play the 720p videos pretty well. Though there was a slight stutter here and there. There’s also no loudspeaker present on the PMP either. Headphones are decent, but not too comfortable to use.